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 (ā-stĕth′vŏd, ī-stĕth′-)
n. pl. eis·tedd·fods or eis·tedd·fod·au (ā′stĕth-vŏd′ī, ī′stĕth-)
An annual competitive festival of Welsh poets and musicians.

[Welsh : eistedd, sitting; see sed- in Indo-European roots + bod, to be; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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(aɪˈstɛdfəd; Welsh aɪˈstɛðvɔd)
n, pl -fods or -fodau (Welsh aɪˌstɛðˈvɒdaɪ)
any of a number of annual festivals in Wales, esp the Royal National Eisteddfod, in which competitions are held in music, poetry, drama, and the fine arts
[C19: from Welsh, literally: session, from eistedd to sit (from sedd seat) + -fod, from bod to be]
ˌeisteddˈfodic adj
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(aɪˈstɛð vɒd, eɪˈstɛð-)

n., pl. eis•tedd•fods, eis•tedd•fod•au (ˌaɪ stɛðˈvɒd aɪ, ˌeɪ stɛð-)
an annual Welsh festival, with competitions among poets and musicians.
[1815–25; < Welsh: literally, session =eistedd sitting + fod, variant (by lenition) of bod being]
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 a company of druids; a congress of bards, 1822.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eisteddfod - any of several annual Welsh festivals involving artistic competitions (especially in singing)
Royal National Eisteddfod - an eisteddfod with competitions in music and drama and poetry and the fine arts
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
singing, vocalizing - the act of singing vocal music
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An alternative to the gig and to Eisteddfodic competition is a new show from Stifyn Parry.
"The Llangollen Eisteddfod's unique selling point is its Eisteddfodic style.
CANON Peter James won his first Eisteddfodic chair at the Chwilog Eisteddfod last weekend for his poem on the theme "A Oes Heddwch"(Is there Peace).
In addition to his eisteddfodic compositions, he wrote many hymns, a collection of which was published in 1862.
But I suppose 1964 was when it really began for me, the year of the Eisteddfodic Grand Slam as someone described it, when I won at the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Porthmadog, at the International Eisteddfod Llangollen and at the National Eisteddfod in Swansea.
The Welsh musical reawakening at the start of the 19th century had been characterised by the predominance of vocal performance, eisteddfodic competition and developments in choral music, according to Wyn Thomas, senior lecturer in the School of Music at Bangor University.
The 34-strong choir was formed in 1973 to compete in the Powys Eisteddfod and since then has gained numerous eisteddfodic successes, travelling the UK and Europe.
Dafydd Iwan said: "Wales is renowned for its eisteddfodic tradition, which gives young singers and performers an early opportunity to develop their talents.
* SIR - I see another Bardic crown, as staid as a spinster's corsets, is on the Eisteddfodic conveyor belt.
HOLLYWOOD star Matthew Rhys urged the Urdd to shy away from introducing Skype and similar systems as a means to stage Eisteddfodic competitions.
A collection of Eisteddfodic chairs were valued at pounds 3-400 each and were all very different.
The recollections don't necessarily have to be Eisteddfodic or Wrexham-related.